A Guide to Daikoku PA: Heaven on Earth for Fans of Japanese Car Culture

Anthony Griffin
Kokoro Media
Published in
5 min readAug 31, 2020

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I’ve been a stalwart fan of Japanese sports cars since I was a teenager. So naturally, one of the first things I did upon arriving in Tokyo in 2009 was to seek out the local car scene. It was easy enough to attend car shows or visit Fuji Speedway for a track day, but living in a city where car ownership is prohibitively expensive meant that it was hard to meet other people who shared my automotive passion.

Fortunately, years of wearing that passion on my sleeve finally paid off when Caylon Neely of Davey Japan let me tag along on a trip to Daikoku PA (Parking Area): hallowed ground and gathering spot for car enthusiasts from throughout the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Read on to learn what it takes to get there, what to do when you arrive, and additional tips for making the most of your experience.

Hitting the Road

Whether you are visiting from abroad or a fellow resident car enthusiast, the first thing you need to know about Daikoku PA is that you’re going to need access to a car to get there. Daikoku PA is located on a manmade islet in Yokohama Bay, isolating it from the city’s train and subway networks. City busses aren’t an option either. They may be able to drop you off nearby, but entry into the parking area on foot is prohibited.

If you can’t rent a car or hitch a ride with a friend, you could try a taxi. Be warned, however, that it might be difficult to hail one for your return trip—especially if you are out late at night.

It’s All About Timing

After figuring out transportation, your next task is to determine the timing of your visit. Since the impromptu displays of automotive wonders of Daikoku PA are not official events, there’s no guarantee of what you’ll find when you arrive.

That being said, tradition dictates that you’ll discover plenty of expensive exotics (Lamborghinis…

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Anthony Griffin
Kokoro Media

Founder and principal consultant (www.consultsaga.com) helping Japan-based organizations market to and communicate with international audiences.